If there is just one brand that can encapsulate Spring within a collection; it is Clarins. Their Spring Collections are always impressive, and for Spring 2015 they’ve really excelled themselves with their new Clarins Garden Escape Collection. The signature item from the collection is the extremely beautiful Garden Escape 6-Colour Eye Palette which I fell head over heels in love with it, the second I saw it.
The limited edition eyeshadow palette is a floral inspired palette which is said to reflect a garden in the spring time, blossoming with luscious greens, petal pinks, snowdrop white and woody brown. Each of the six eyeshadows can be used dry, or wet for a more intense effect.
The Clarins Garden Escape Eye Palette £32* is protected by a red silky soft velvet pouch which I love as I’m a massive fan of velvet pouches on high-end makeup as they keep your product clean and tidy.
The gold metal palette has a stunning almost art-deco diamond design on the front, and is a really good size for being a compact palette. Inside the palette, there are six powder eyeshadows laid out in vertical bars with a gorgeous floral embossed design with the same diamond pattern from the lid, alongside a mirror and dual-ended applicator.
The first shade in the palette is a cool-toned, icy white shimmer which looks so pretty when worn alone all over the lid or as an eye inner corner highlight. The second shade is the most amazing, deep emerald green with a shimmery finish – my photos don’t do it justice, it’s just so intense.
The third shade is another green; this time a softer, olive green with a satin finish. Shade four is a pastel pink with a satin finish. Shade five is a lilac toned pink with a shimmer finish which is the least pigmented from the palette, but it’s not a total dud as an eyeshadow primer really brings it to life. Finally shade six is a taupe with a satin finish. I really like that the palette has an equal balance of three shimmer shades, and three satin shades.
The only shade I had minor issues with, was the fifth shade when swatched here. However I always wear my eyeshadow with an eyeshadow primer on my lids, but I always swatch without a primer so you get an accurate representation of pigmentation and colour intensity.
To use the eyeshadows wet, I like to spray my eyeshadow brush with my La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water to dampen my brush, before applying the shadow and the colours are all intensified by using them wet, especially shade two which becomes an incredible jewel-toned emerald. All six shades are simply beautiful, and the colours really are perfect for Spring and I particularly love the green shades, as they help emphasise my green eyes.
The Clarins Garden Escape Collection launches on the Clarins website, and on Clarins counters from the 12th of January.